Kees Popinga is a respectable Dutch citizen and family man - until the day he discovers his boss has bankrupted the shipping firm he works for, and something snaps. Kees used to watch the trains go by on their way to exciting destinations. Now, on some dark impulse, he boards one at random, and begins a new life of recklessness and violence. "The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By" is a chilling portrayal of a man who breaks from society and goes on the run asks who we are, and what we are capable of.
The downfall of a decent man, one of my favorite topics. Most of this happens in the red-light district of Paris in the 1930s.